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Life is a beautiful journey

For Marcelino Rapayla Jr. life is a beautiful journey. What a positive philosophy for a man who has had his share of difficult struggles in life. Mars, as he is called by us his friends, loves inspiring quotes and stories and he shares them with his friends. He works in Lear Automotive Philippines and calls Ibo, Lapu-lapu City his home. My impression of Mars is that he is very simple, prayerful, humble, and friendly.

He spends ample time in the church and one can always count on him to be there when he is needed. Mars is 36 years old, single, has his own website and is writing a book called Life is a Beautiful Journey: Make your passage through time an endless journey of love.


Here are Mars’ favorite quotes:

 Promise to yourself

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

 To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.


Taking the first step

Open your mind…Confront your fears…And take the risk…Chart your journey, – today! Let God expand your horizons. Whether you are looking for a new opportunity or a new life, take the first step. Seize the opportunity and dare to soar.

I believe

If I give up, I’ll never see the purpose that lies behind every trial.

If I say, It’s over, I’ll never experience the happiness that gives another chance to those who have the courage to face the challenge.

But I go on and say, I can do it! In time I’ll discover how good I am rising above all difficulties with faith in myself, in the LORD and what I can do…



 Sometimes we  need struggles

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further. So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. If God allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. We could never fly!


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